I have recently been encouraged by the published UN report which details the labour and prison camps currently being enforced by the North Korean dictatorial regime. The report compares the systematic human rights abuses that are being carried out to those of the Nazis and has already referred the matter to the International Criminal Court. Ever since I read Blaine Harden’s book ‘Escape from Camp 14’, which relates the account of one man’s escape from such a camp, I have had North Korea very much on my mind. The constantly changing political landscape and the instant, immediate way that the news is broadcast nowadays means that it is easy to adopt a passive indifference every time we hear of a new dictatorship that has emerged or a civil war that has sprung up, but I believe that the situation in North Korea has been going on for far too long for the West to continue to justify turning a blind eye to it. Prayer and action can make a difference!
Here is one of many petitions being run online to raise awareness. This one is being carried out by the British Government:
Here is a video taken from a North Korean tour bus which gives a very brief glimpse into the hardships taking place:
Here is an insightful article about the UN report, taken from the UK’s Guardian newspaper:
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“There is no ‘human rights issue’ in this country, as everyone leads the most dignified and happy life.”
North Korean Central News Agency.
“North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. These camps are clearly visible in satellite photos, yet North Korea’s government denies they exist.”
Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West. By Blaine Harden.
Blaine Harden’s book ‘Escape from Camp 14’ details the true life story of a young man who was born into a North Korean prison camp and 23 years later became the only person known to have escaped. The first half of the book describes the unbearably harsh conditions that he was exposed to as a child, the second part depicts his escape into China and subsequent years of gradual rehabilitation up until the present day and his current role as a human rights activist working in South Korea.
I do not intend to review the book here, instead I imagine it is suffice to say that I easily read it in a day, and then immediately wanted to tell others about it.
I simply wanted to promote awareness about the political prison camps in North Korea as I believe they warrant our attention and prayer.
Blaine Harden’s website: http://www.blaineharden.com
Wikipedia page on human rights in North Korea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_North_Korea